Thursday, December 27, 2018

Printers For Comics Artists

Printers For Comic Process:

Printers can be an important part of the art process for comic artists.  Whether you work traditionally and need to print bluelines, or work digitally and want to print minis and art prints, these suggestions are carefully curated to help you find the right printer for your needs.

What you want:

Printing Bluelines:


Smaller Format: 

All in Ones:

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Canon TS6120 All in One Printer:
$44.99 on Amazon
Recommended by Kabocha

With smaller format printers, stand-alone printers are usually not cost effective.  All in one printers include print and scan capabilities and are a great starting point for artists interested in making comics.

Large Format:

All in Ones:

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Brother MFC-J5330DW
$144.99 on Amazon

This is the newer version of the first large format printer I'd ever owned.  It's an affordable entry-level option that is decent at non-photo blue printing, and mediocre at scanning.  It's a great way to dip your toe into traditional comic art.

Stand Alone Printers:

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What I own:
Canon Pixma Pro 9000 Mk II
$599.99+shipping on Amazon

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Newer Version:
Canon Pixma Pro-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Printer
$323.86 on Prime

For larger format printing, a standalone printer will last longer.

Printing Minis:



I recommend toner-based printers as they are more economical for large scale production.
HP Laserjet Pro M254dw
$229.99 on Amazon Prime

Toner is expensive and requires cooldown periods, but this printer can duplex (print on both sides) which saves time

Art Prints At Home


Mini Prints:

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Canon Selphy CP1300 Wireless Printer
$99.95 on Amazon


Great for printing on the go, particularly at conventions- all you need is a power source!  Batteries are available but expensive.  Prints by heat transfer, so prints are practically waterproof.
Rechargable battery

Recommended by Kabocha

Full Size Art Prints:

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Canon TS6120 All in One Printer
$44.99 on Amazon

Recommended by Kabocha

Note:  Most artists polled get their printing done through a third party service, such as Shutterfly or Catprints.

Still looking for a printer?

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